About RiseVT

Improving health outcomes through the environments where we live, work, learn, and play.

Research shows that up to 80% of our health outcomes are determined by social and environmental factors that occur outside the boundaries of a traditional health care setting.

RiseVT works to address these factors, referred to as the social determinants of health, which include childhood experiences, housing, food access, environment, and workplace conditions.

RiseVT utilizes an evidence-based model that engages all sectors of our communities to amplify existing efforts, implement behavior change interventions, improve infrastructure, and strengthen policy to support healthy lifestyles.

How Does RiseVT Help Vermonters?

Watch how one Vermonter is able to improve his health because his community is set up to support access to healthy food and the fun ways he likes to get active.

RiseVT Staff

EMMY WOLLENBURG

EMMY WOLLENBURG

Program Design & Implementation Manager, RiseVT Statewide

CAITLIN MALONEY

CAITLIN MALONEY

Coordinator, RiseVT Statewide

802-847-6105
Caitlin.Maloney@OneCareVT.org
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MICHELE BUTLER GILBERT

MICHELE BUTLER GILBERT

Program Manager, Addison County

802-388-8804
mgilbert@portermedical.org
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KATJA EVANS

KATJA EVANS

Program Manager, Orange County

802-728-2377
kevans@giffordhealthcare.org
JUSTIN GRAHAM

JUSTIN GRAHAM

Program Manager, Chittenden County

802-847-5547
Justin.Graham@uvmhealth.org
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JEN GRANT

JEN GRANT

Program Manager, Northeast Kingdom

802-748-9405 x1026
Jennifergr@nchcvt.org
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LAURA JENSEN

LAURA JENSEN

Program Manager, Windsor County

802-257-8867
LJensen@Springfieldmed.org
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ALICE STEWART & COURTNEY HILLHOUSE

ALICE STEWART & COURTNEY HILLHOUSE

Program Manager, Windsor County (Alice) Community Outreach Specialist, Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership (Courtney)

802-674-7083
Alice.Stewart@mahhc.org
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ELISHA UNDERWOOD

ELISHA UNDERWOOD

Program Manager, Windham County

802-257-8867
eunderwood@bmhvt.org
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RiseVT Evidence-Based Models

RiseVT started as a community collaborative to improve health outcomes in Vermont’s Franklin and Grand Isle counties, pulling together members of the region representing all sectors of the community.

As part the group’s process, they examined various theories of change models across the globe that had worked to ignite change and improve health outcomes. One model that rose to the top was the EPODE model which had been launched in France with proven success and implemented in 29 other countries. The pillars of this model have become the guiding foundation for RiseVT, while additional evidence-based models define our implementation strategies and measurement.

 

EPODE’s 4 Pillars

All of our work is built on the foundation of EPODE: we know political commitment is key to implementing systemic change; our partnerships are everything to us and we are here to serve as a backbone organization to coordinate and collaborate; proven behavior change marketing and intervention strategies meet people where they are making decisions about their health and offer easy, healthy choice; and we use proven measurement strategies and the guidance of our Prevention & Health Promotion committee to monitor and evaluate our impact.

Socio-Ecological Model

This model defines each level of a community so that we are sure we touch on every arena that can impact the health of an individual as they move through their days.

Collective Impact

This model ensures that in our public-private partnerships and stakeholder groups, we are purposeful, coordinated, and measured in our approach so that we are collectively impactful in changing the environments where we live, work, learn, and play.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

24 Strategies to Reduce Overweight & Obesity

These strategies give our Program Managers in the field guidance for which projects and programming to put time and resources toward. If the project or programming is aligned with one of these strategies, we can be confident it will have an impact on improving health outcomes.

 

RiseVT Evaluation Methods

RiseVT’s evidence-based model allows us to implement, measure, and evaluate our statewide programmatic work.

We draw upon a variety of evaluation methods to ensure our program is consistently implemented across the state and that we are continuously monitoring our impact on the health of Vermonters.

Mid-and-Long-Term Population Health Data Trends

RiseVT has selected key population health indicators that are available for all Vermont counties to monitor mid- and long-term health trends. We compare local and state data to help us identify areas of both strength and need to guide our local programming and ensure our organization and partners are highly effective. These indicators include self-reported measures around nutrition and physical activity, food insecurity rates, tobacco usage, and health outcomes, including rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic conditions, and cholesterol levels. These data are curated from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and Map the Meal Gap. This data is collected bi-annually into state and county data snapshots.

Key Informant Interviews to Assess RiseVT Program Impact

Our statewide team conducts biannual key informant interviews with RiseVT Program Managers to evaluate alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategies for the Prevention of Obesity and Overweight. These interviews are conducted using a secure data capture platform known as RedCap. The interviews assess projects type, ages served, partnerships, level of change (policy, infrastructure, program), evidence-based model implementation, and alignment with obesity prevention best practice. The interviews also serve as opportunity for the Program Advisor and the Program Design and Implementation Manager to provide ongoing technical assistance around program implementation and fidelity.

Height & Weight Measurement Study

RiseVT conducts a biennial longitudinal measurement study surveilling the BMI of 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders in 20 elementary schools in 2 pilot counties. This effort began in the fall of 2017 when RiseVT collected height and weight measurements for over 1,700 children in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. In the first round of this measurement effort data indicated that over 40% of the children in pilot communities were overweight or obese, far higher than the self-reported data from most recent the Youth Risk Behavior Survey data.  In the fall of 2019, RiseVT conducted a second round of measurement, capturing BMI on over 1,700 schoolchildren. Find here the results of this second wave of measurement released in January 2020.

Dose Calculation

A dose calculation quantifies the intensity of RiseVT programming, providing a quantifiable way to measure community programs and policies by assigning an intensity score developed using duration, reach, and strength of an intervention. This involves calculating the intensity score of unique RiseVT interventions using the Community Programs and Policy Index scoring methodology developed through the Healthy Communities Study (Fawcett et al., 2015). Dose combines duration, reach, and type of behavioral intervention strategy to create a single measure of the potential impact of an intervention.

Amplify Grant Tracking

RiseVT awards micro-grants to community partners for aligned projects that meet one or more of the CDC’s 24 Strategies to Reduce Obesity. Funds are to be used for programmatic work and are not to be used for an organization’s core business function or overhead.  Partners report on projects funded by the grants to RiseVT statewide which are then promoted through RiseVT’s digital networks and local news stories when appropriate. We track all CDC strategies the grants address and total amount awarded by community.

 

Behavior Change Marketing

RiseVT conducts behavior change marketing campaigns to influence the health behaviors of the broader Vermont population. Pre– and post– evaluation is crucial to the development and measurement of behavior change marketing campaigns. We have conducted pre-campaign research using the Center for Research and Public Policy as our research partner and will conduct post-campaign surveys to infer the success of this work